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Szij Csongor: Judicial activism at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Nr. 2022/08.

Given the wide jurisdiction over 27 Member States of the European Union’s (EU) judicial branch, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), was historically criticised for acting as a ‘puppet’ for furthering the Union’s policies. However, before formulating such a staunch standpoint on the CJEU’s possible judicial activism, one must consider the Court’s decisions from a political and institutionalist perspective. Understanding the ulterior political motive of the ‘ever closer Union’ and the CJEU’s position in the current fragile system of ‘institutional balance’ of the EU, could lead to a more nuanced debate on judgments that affect the lives of 447 million people.

The working paper is available for download here.

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